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Rafael Justiz, M.D.

Anesthesiology | Pain Management

Dr. Justiz received his B.S. (Cum Laude) and M.S. (Summa Cum Laude) in Health Management at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his internship and residency in Internal medicine and Anesthesiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. His postdoctoral fellowship in Anesthesiology and Pain Management was completed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Dr. Justiz remained on faculty after completing his fellowship in pain management at the International Pain Institute at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center under the guidance of Dr. Gabor Racz and then joined the faculty working alongside Drs. Racz, Boswell, and Day. During his academic time at Texas Tech he trained over 20 physicians and was given multiple awards. Faculty of the Year in Anesthesia and in Pain Management in 2009, Research and Teaching award 2009 by Chancellor at Texas Tech University, Samuel J. Hassenbusch award by Texas Pain Society in 2008, and others.

Dr. Justiz is board certified in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Management and Sports Medicine, with multiple board certifications in pain medicine. He is board certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology and has Added Qualifications in Pain Management by the same board. He is also pain boarded by the World Institute of Pain (FIPP), and American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP), and boarded by the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Justiz is a member of numerous professional societies and associations.

Currently, Dr. Justiz is the elected president and CEO of the Oklahoma Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, recently nominated to the board of Directors of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Regional Vice Chair for World Institute of Pain for the United States., and on the guidelines writing committee for pain management for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Dr. Justiz is also a pain management consultant/speaker for St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation Division, Anulex Technologies, a developer of soft tissue repair products used in spinal treatments, and Epimed International, a developer of products for interventional pain management. He is a recognized lecturer and instructor for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, World Institute of Pain, and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Justiz is a renowned expert and frequent presenter at national and international peer conferences.

Dr. Justiz has published multiple book chapters and journal articles. His areas of interest include peripheral field/spinal cord stimulation and treatment of refractory head and facial pain and engages in ongoing research studies on neuromodulation for the treatment of pain.

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